August 22, 2017

Episode 151: Confronting Racism in Tucson After Charlottesville

Also, rediscovering "Woman-Ochre, conversing with an 'umbraphile,' and memorializing lives taken by Mexico's drug violence.

Events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been front and center in this week’s national news, and Tucson had a response of its own.

Protests in Charlottesville that turned violent were followed by outrage over President Trump’s tepid repudiation of white supremacy and Nazism. The events of last weekend have resonated across the country and the world.

To look at Tucson’s response to the events Metro Week sits down with one of the speakers from last weekend’s march, Reverend Owen Chandler, and the YWCA’s Liane Hernandez.

Three decades after it was stolen, a famous painting is back at the University of Arizona. This week, the man who found Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” came to the UA Museum of Art to tell his story.

The painting had been damaged during the heist and in the 31 years before its subsequent discovery. The museum has created a fund to pay for its repairs and the painting won’t be on display until after that work is done.

Next week, North America will experience a rare, total solar eclipse. Glenn Schneider, and astronomer at the UA, has spent his life chasing eclipses around the planet. Through his obsession he has labeled himself an umbraphile.

The UA will be hosting a viewing of what will be a partial eclipse in Tucson, which does not fall in the path of totality.

We also head to Pima County’s Joel D. Valdez Main Library to meet a group memorializing the drug violence in Mexico with a needle and thread. Those memorials will be on display at the library until the end of the month.

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